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PlantFiles: Mazari Palm
Nannorrhops ritchiana

Family: Arecaceae (ar-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nannorrhops (NAN-nor-rops) (Info)
Species: ritchiana (rich-ee-AY-na) (Info)

Synonym:Chamaerops ritchiana
Synonym:Nannorrhops arabica
Synonym:Nannorrhops ritchieana

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14 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)
15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:
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Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is monocarpic

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel
From seed; germinate in vitro in gelatin, agar or other medium

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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5 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Mikemccullough On Aug 16, 2014, Mikemccullough from Kingsville, TX wrote:

This palm needs hot summers and a lot of water. soil must be well drained to where it will dry out completely within 2 days of watering.
I live in deep South Texas and bought 4. One died because i thought "desert Palm, must not need much water" WRONG!
Some report that this palm needs dry, low humidity in winter but this isn't the case. I lived in Afghanistan for 4 years and the winters are very cold, very wet with high humidity. summers are hot and dry with very low humidity.
The areas where this palm grows wild has a very shallow water table due to the almost year around snow melt from the high mountains that surround the valleys where it grows.
Likes water but be careful. soggy soil will kill it faster than lack of water.
my remaining 3 plants are happily growing in the brutal heat and extreme humidity of South Texas.

Positive koreyd77 On Jul 28, 2012, koreyd77 from McKinney, TX wrote:

I bought 3 liners and they are growing like crazy. I'll post pics soon. If I can figure that out.

Negative saltcedar On Sep 2, 2011, saltcedar from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Cold hardiness appears to be overrated.
Froze to the ground at 16F in a 3-day freeze
after attaining a 4 ft trunk. Respouting now.

Negative gtr1017 On Sep 29, 2009, gtr1017 from Roanoke, VA wrote:

I must have had over 50 of these, none has survived here in Roanoke VA, I tried many different growing situations, different soils, varied watering. Nothing works !

Neutral cactus_lover On Sep 8, 2008, cactus_lover from FSD
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

It is also native to pakistan.A huge forest of this palm is in the Pakistan near Afghanistan Border.

Positive Kylecawaza On Aug 23, 2004, Kylecawaza from Corte Madera, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a weird palm, and a possible candidate for the worlds hardiest palm. It will grow fine if you have a hot summer, and there are even specimens of this palm surviving Spokane Washington, which is comparable with the midwest. In areas such as Seattle, it will survive, but grow slowly with putting out one frond every two years, unless you find a way to make the summers hotter, which is actually happening in the area the past two years. Maybe it will be a permanent trend?

Neutral aviator8188 On Jul 13, 2004, aviator8188 from Murphysboro, IL (Zone 7a) wrote:

Native to Afghanistan, this palm seems to really tolerate the full spectrum of extreme termperatures, from as cold as 0deg.F and as hot as >120deg.F. This palm produces multiple trunks.

Positive IslandJim On Sep 20, 2003, IslandJim from Keizer, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is the only plant of interest I can think of that's native to Afghanistan.

Positive palmbob On Aug 30, 2003, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

THis is on paper one of the most versatile palms in terms of variety of climates in which it will survive. It is a native of the middle east, where it somehow makes it on almost no water, blazing heat and snowy cold, intense winds and shrapnel abuse. This is a very attractive palm when tended to, having silvery blue leaves (some forms have sea green leaves to almost 'ordinary' green coloration). It is a suckering as well as a branching palm, and monocarpic (so after flower, that particular stalk dies... but the palm survives). I have seen this palm withstand 125F heat without a problem, and snow. It grows great in tropical Florida, and here in the So Cal deserts.

However, despite its potential claim as one of the hardiest of all the palms, it has its limitations, one which is it likes to die for no known reason. First of all, I have found that as a seedling It is a bit touchy and can be difficult to keep from rotting before it's fully established. It is a difficult plant to transplant young, too, and often tailspins once the roots are disturbed. Secondly, it can survive extreme cold as an older plant IF it stays relatively dry... snows in the middle east and subfreezing temperatures while humidity is near zero are no problems for it... but very cold temps far above zero farenhiet in humid climates tend to do it in. Rhapidophyllum has nothing to fear from this species in its claim as the hardiest of all palms!

Note: it is quite hardy in terms of fire... seems to even stimulate rapid and healthy growth to have itself defoliate by flames.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anniston, Alabama
Queen Creek, Arizona
Arcadia, California
Brentwood, California
Los Angeles, California
Reseda, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Westminster, California
Brandon, Florida
Loxahatchee, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Palm Bay, Florida
Venice, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Chicago, Illinois
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Austin, Texas
Harlingen, Texas
Kingsville, Texas
Mc Kinney, Texas

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